Zhilin Wang

Cello

Hometown: Beijing, China
Alma maters: Yale University School of Music; Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China
Awards/Competitions: Aldo Parisot Prize, 2016
Appearances: Banff Chamber Music Residency, Canada; Pacific Music Festival, Japan; Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, U.S.; Beijing Modern Music Festival, China; EOS Repertory Orchestra, China; Asian Youth Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong; Morningside Music Bridge, Canada
Favorite musical memory: My Carnegie Hall debut with New England Youth Symphony Ensemble Featuring the Haydn Cello Concerto in 2016.
Musical origins: I started learning the piano at age 5. My piano teacher was actually a cello major so he introduced me to cello when I turned 7. I didn’t know exactly what cello was at that time. What I knew was that I didn’t want to switch to another teacher and also felt bored with practicing the piano. So I decided to play cello.
Favorite fact about your instrument: My cello was made by Mr. Guy Rabut in New York in 2002. This cello is very powerful and sensitive. It can easily handle brilliant or delicate sound that will melt your heart.
The thing most people don’t know about classical music is: People may not be able to enjoy classical music the first time. Some may even find it difficult to understand. However, when you become more familiar with the music after listening several times, familiar enough that you can hum the tune yourself, you will gradually fall in love with it.

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